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Naturopathic medicine is a system of health care - an art, science, philosophy, and practice of diagnosis, treatment and prevention of illness. Naturopathic medicine is not defined by the substances used but rather by the principles which underlie and determine its practice. These principles include: the healing power of nature, find the cause, do no harm, treat the whole person, prevention, and doctor as teacher. (Definition provided by Washington Association of Naturopathic Physicians)
At Stone Turtle Health, we follow our patients' lead in determining the most effective form of care. Dr. Baker works side-by-side with her patients to find the most suitable treatment options, ranging from diet and lifestyle changes, botanical medicine, homeopathy, physical medicine, and counseling, to prescription medications and necessary referrals to specialists, in order to provide them with the best possible care.
Dr. Baker, like all naturopathic doctors, recognizes that everyone is an individual and deserves to be treated as such. Further, in keeping with the naturopathic principle of treating the whole person, she always looks at symptoms in the context of a larger picture of the body as a whole when designing treatment plans.
While everyone's care is individual, there are some aspects to the office visit that are the same for almost every patient. Most first office visits take an hour. Dr. Baker spends this time getting to know you, hearing your concerns and learning of your history and unique circumstances as well as providing a comprehensive physical. Treatment plans are agreed upon with the patient at the end of the office visit and in a follow-up email. Questions can usually be answered via email or phone and a follow-up visit is typically scheduled for 30-60 minutes to assess progress and give support for any difficulties encountered in the course of treatment.
If you would like to learn more about natural medicine as it is practiced at Stone Turtle Health, please call us today at 206.355.4309 with your questions or feel free to visit our clinic during our office hours for a tour and a free 15 minute consultation. We cannot provide medical care or offer suggestions specific to your concerns at this brief consultation, but we are happy to share our philosophy and assist you in deciding if natural medicine is the best option for you. For some examples of home remedies for common health concerns, please click here.
With over 20 years of experience working with children and families, we understand that having a sick child can be an emotional, physical, and financial strain for parents. Caring for children and families is at the heart of our services. Through natural alternatives, dietary and lifestyle changes, and pharmaceutical interventions, we provide safe, effective, and financially conscious solutions for infants, children and teens. We help kids get healthy and stay healthy. Questions about vaccinations or antibiotic use? Have a picky eater and worry about nutrition? Concerned about children with chronic conditions, such as asthma, eczema, or ear infections? Dr. Baker is happy to answer your questions and help to put your mind at ease. We offer group family appointments as well as individual appointments to meet your needs best.
As a member of the Nauropathic Academy of Primary Care Physicians, Dr. Baker is a proud supporter of the Vaccines for Children program, which provides childhood vaccinations at reduced cost (most insurances will cover them 100%, including Medicaid) and believes strongly that this practice, over 3000 years old, fits into the naturopathic model very well. Our philosophies of treating the cause, stimulating the vital natural force, and prevention of disease are well defined and immunizations fit firmly into this model. In addition to protecting our children when they are most vulnerable to deadly diseases, immunizations also protect those among us, young children, pregnant women, or those with immune suppression issues such as cancer, who would see the worst outcomes from a vaccine-preventable illness. With over 250,000 papers demostrating the safety and efficacy of the ACIP- recommended schedule available on PubMed, Dr. Baker supports the use of this standard schedule but is willing to work with parents to "catch up" children who have been on an alternate schedule.
Pregnancy Massage and Craniosacral Therapy
Pregnancy massage can be of great benefit by decreasing aches and pains caused by natural changes, addressing specific concerns such as headaches and low back pain, and increasing relaxation, leading to a smoother, less painful delivery. All pregnancy massage is performed in a side-lying position to keep mother and baby safe. Postpartum massage is also offered following delivery, until all medical conditions related to treatment are resolved. Newborns can come in with mom for a free craniosacral therapy assessment. Many will sleep through their session AND mom's massage.
Craniosacral Therapy is a gentle form of bodywork, able to be performed with the patient fully clothed, that works to remove any dural restrictions or interferences with the normal flow of cerebrospinal fluid. Many people find this method to be extremely relaxing and working at a deeper, emotional level than typical massage. Craniosacral Therapy can also be used to unwind tight or injured areas of the body, improve sleep, and address a range of EENT problems from sinusitis to chronic ear infections. Patients who have received CST have reported improvements in migraines, digestion, and emotional issues.
Naturopathic counseling acknowledges that our being is interconnected physically, emotionally and spiritually and that all parts must work in harmony for optimal health. Family or individual sessions focus on areas in our patients lives where they are experiencing blockages in their progress towards wellness. In many cases, patients can be helped to find motivation for changes in health behaviors that will assist them in making the changes they wish to make, whether in diet, smoking cessation, relationships and communication, or other healthcare issues.